Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting mamiKrystal:</b>" Well his choices are either the books he ... [snip!] ... while you read to the younger ones he should be reading to himself. Or you read a much older book to him like Harry potter."
I agree he should be reading to himself, not listening to us. That's the problem I'm having, getting him to read. And he does have books for his age level, he gets to pick out books from school and he has a couple here as well.
I've found a few things that work over the years I can suggest. Reading aloud helps a lot but while you reasoned page or chapter then the child reads the next. Continue taking turns until the book is finished. Also, a rewards chart works wonders. Every 20 books equals a reward like coupons for video game time, no chore(s) for a day, treats, etc. I sometimes do themed weeks lets say we read animal books and that weekend we go visit the farm or zoo to see the animals live, or we make a meal or dessert that they did in the book we read that week. When my two oldest were tiny we did a week of Dr.Suess and they nearly passed out from excitement when they had green eggs and ham for breakfast one weekend. Just try to keep it interesting my two oldest are 9 & 12 and read on levels way advanced levels now.
Quoting mamiKrystal:" I don't know where the library is or how to get there. I rarely drive. My kids don't all fit into our ... [snip!] ... a library. And no I don't have any smart device. Are there any ebooks for kids that I could get on my laptop that you know of?"
epubbud.com has a lot of children's literature.
Amazon has a kindle downloadable program for the computer, and they have a TON of ebooks, even free ones, for children.
Let him find some cool graphic novels at the library. It helps kids get into reading when they have reading aversions.
Quoting Sugarhiccup:" I've found a few things that work over the years I can suggest. Reading aloud helps a lot but while you ... [snip!] ... for breakfast one weekend. Just try to keep it interesting my two oldest are 9 & 12 and read on levels way advanced levels now."
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm thinking about doing a rewards chart, it's just hard in my situation to actually do anything like go to the zoo. We just had a baby and no longer fit into the car. The only issue I have with a rewards chart for reading is that he needs to read for his homework at school. So it's kind of like a double responsibility and might be too much stress and pressure for him. I came into his life just recently, last year, and he's not used to having many rules and responsibilities. It took over a month of me nagging and using charts to get him to brush his teeth, and that was only semi-successful.